Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2018 (6x75cl)

Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2018 (6x75cl)

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Described by the Wine Advocate as "a proud off-the-grid winemaker," Bibi Graetz's wines are a thrilling testament to Tuscan terroir that deserve to be at the forefront of the Italian fine wine scene.

The 100% Sangiovese Testamatta is no mere curiosity as "one of the most original expressions of Sangiovese you will ever taste" (Wine Advocate), it also "has the race and the breed of Grand Cru Burgundy. Think of Romanee-Conti's La Tâche" (Wine Spectator).

Always high scoring, the 2018 tops the charts with Testamatta's highest score ever including the first perfect 100 from Decanter's Jane Anson. Tasted alongside many global icons such as Opus One, Solaia, Masseto and many more, Anson wrote that it was the 2018 Testamatta that stood out against everything else:

"This is a great wine, with scope and imagination that doesn't want to let you go. Genuinely stands out among the wines of the tasting, and these are a fine array of wines" – Jane Anson, Decanter
100 Decanter  
97 James Suckling  
94 Wine Advocate  
Details
  • Year 2018
  • Colour Red
  • Country Italy
  • Region Tuscany
  • Sub Region Toscana
  • Designation
  • Classification
  • Pack Size 6x75cl
  • ABV 13.5°
  • Drinking Window 2024 - 2045
  • Drinking Recommendation Not Ready
  • LWIN 110012120180600750
Reviews (3)
100 Decanter  
97 James Suckling  
94 Wine Advocate  
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About Bibi Graetz

Born into a family of prodigious artists in the gorgeous region of Tuscany in central Italy, Bibi Graetz experienced a phenomenon well-traversed by a number of the world’s greatest vignerons – he fell in love with the terroir and vines of his homeland.

Having grown up on the hill of Fiesole, overlooking Florence, Graetz felt the irresistible pull to found his eponymous winery in 2000 in this very area. Not content with such a commitment to Tuscany, the artist even built and moved his family to the new winery, called Aurora, situated in the main square of Fiesole.

Viniculture

Graetz found himself particularly fascinated by old vines – and as such has assembled one of the largest holdings of old vineyard plots in the entire region. An impressive feat in a mere 20 years given the head start rival Super Tuscans have. The focus on ancient aspects of Italian winemaking has led the rebellious winemaker to shun both traditionalist Chianti constraints, as well as the established Super Tuscan behemoths stridently pursuing Bordeaux blends.

Bibi Graetz masterfully combines aspects of both schools of thought – proudly championing the traditional varietals of Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino, whilst utilising artisanal techniques such as spontaneous fermentation, manual punching-down and open-top barriques.

A maverick figure on the Super Tuscan scene, Colore is the flagship wine of this enigmatic winery. Colore is a pure expression of Tuscany, with traditional varieties blended in glorious harmony. Sangiovese provides structure and breath-taking power, Colorino carries pure fruits and fine tannins whilst Canaiolo is the mineral backbone. Sourced from three vineyards in Lamole, Siena and Vincigliata, a handful of the finest barrels representing a fraction of the entire harvest are selected to become Colore. This is unbelievably rare, with only 225 cases produced. 

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